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Advantages of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) over electricity

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and electricity have their own advantages and disadvantages in South Africa, making the choice suitable for your specific needs and circumstances. Here’s a breakdown:

Advantages of LPG:

  • Cost-effective: In some areas, LPG can be cheaper than electricity, especially when used for cooking and hot water. However, this can vary depending on electricity tariffs and LPG cylinder prices.
  • Off-grid convenience: LPG doesn’t rely on the electricity grid, making it a good option for remote areas or homes experiencing frequent power outages.
  • Clean burning: LPG produces fewer emissions than coal-fired electricity generation, making it a more environmentally friendly option in some cases.
  • Portability: LPG cylinders can be easily moved and used in different locations, offering flexibility for outdoor cooking or heating.
  • Quick heating: LPG appliances, like gas stoves, heat up quickly compared to electric ones, offering faster cooking times.

Although there are a few disadvantages of LPG:

  • Safety concerns: Improper installation, ventilation, or handling of LPG can pose safety risks like leaks, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Regular maintenance and safety checks are crucial.
  • Cylinder refills: Refilling LPG cylinders requires visiting a depot or having them delivered, which can be inconvenient compared to the readily available nature of electricity.
  • Limited applications: LPG is primarily used for cooking, hot water, and space heating. It’s not suitable for all appliances like air conditioners or electric motors.
  • Environmental impact: While cleaner than coal, LPG still releases greenhouse gases when burned.

Ultimately, the choice between LPG and electricity depends on your individual needs, budget, location, and environmental concerns. Consider factors like cost, availability, safety, and intended use before making a decision. It’s also recommended to consult with qualified professionals, like gas installers or energy advisors, for specific recommendations based on your situation.

Working with gas

Working with gas doesn’t have to be dangerous if you follow the rules for installations.

Rules for gas installation

  • Only class 1 or 2 copper piper or other approved gas piping may be used. (This is not the same copper piping as used by plumbers).
  • Copper piper going through a wall, must be sleeved
  • An approved flexible gas hose may be more than 2 meters long.
  • A hose may not go through any partition or wall.
  • The Machinery and Occupational Safety Act of 1993 requires buildings to hold a certificate of compliance for any electrical and gas installations.